Milan Travel Guide

  • Castello Sforzesco
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  • Duomo - Cathedral
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    Arco delle Pace
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  • Duomo - Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Well we went with the friends and it was quite hard to get to the terraces of cathedral, But once you get there you wont regret the effort, One of the most beautiful sights of my life, whole Milan city is visible from the top of Cathedral.

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  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This arcade links Duomo Square with the La Scala Opera House. It was designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni, and named after King Victor Emmanuel II. The Galleria was inaugurated on September 15, 1867, but work continued on it for another ten years. The day before its completion in December 1877, the architect Mengoni suffered a fatal fall from the...

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  • Castello Sforzesco

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I liked Milan Cathedral, but when I abandoned my attempt to go on the roof due to the queue, I re-entered the Duomo Square still holding the money for going on the roof, not very visibly, in my hand. The not very visibly did not deter someone from unsuccessfully trying to snatch it from my hand. This in turn caused me to want to get the hell out of...

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  • Luini

    4 out of 5 stars

    The fast food takeaway of Luini, just off the Piazza Duomo, is very popular with both tourists and locals. It specialised in panzerotti, a kind of deep fried folded pizza which are delicious. The panzerotti is actually a traditional dish of Bari, in the heel of Italy in the deep south, but Luini make an excellent northern version of it, along with...

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  • Ciao Autogrill

    4 out of 5 stars

    One of the biggest problems you'll have as a tourist in Italy is to find somewhere to eat between the lunch hours and the dinner hours. For some reason the italians seems to believe that the whole world is eating between 12 and 14, and then nothing until 19... They don't know me very well, that's for sure... There are McDonalds of course, and...

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  • Trattoria Milanese

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    After days of GREAT pasta (thanks Bologna), we wanted to try some Italian meat dishes (esp. veal). We picked Trattoria Milanese from the Time Out Milan guide, which is located sort or near the Duomo, because it sounded like a traditional place at a decent price. It is actually located in a small street and that you could miss if you're not looking...

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Milan Nightlife

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  • Navigli

    We were trieing to find a place,where isn´t disco-music,and you could sit down and have a drink outside.We just walked by,and happened to be Rolling Stones playing on the stereo,and we sat down.We ment to have one beer,but,it became one drink and two beer,when it was nice place to sit.Music was o.k.(=not made with machines),and mot of customers...

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  • Hollywood

    I arrived in Milan a week ago and was keen to go out and explore the nightlife. Corso Como was the area i'd been hearing about so i headed out there with high hopes. It started to get busy at around 11.30pm, and I decided to pay the 20 euro to go into Hollywood, as i'd heard it was quite popular. What i discovered inside was far from good. To sum...

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  • Alcatraz

    Ive been living in Milan for over half a year so I tried out a lot of clubs, but this one really stood out in a bad way. Yesterday (Friday night) for the first time I went to Alcatraz. First we waited 45 minutes to hang our coats. We were lucky though, cause the cloakroom filled up quickly (around midnight) and so the cloakroom was just closed...

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Milan Transportation

  • Subway/Metro

    An all day ticket valid on metro and busses costs €2.58, good value if you need to travel around. Buy them from kiosks around the city or there are some ticket machines in some stations. Or in 2013 1.5 Eur for a single trip, valid 90 mins.

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  • Airports

    American Airlines is my airline of choice and wherever I travel to I will always choice AA to get me there. I flew American Airlines from JFK airport to MXP airport on a direct flight. They currently have one daily direct flight around 6 pm, which is a disadvantage to most flyers, but it works for me. I have status on American Airlines and I like...

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  • Trams and Busses

    Here at the Central Station we can see a very old and a very new tram (aka streetcar) standing side by side on adjacent tracks. Milan has an extensive tram and bus system as well as three underground railway lines (aka subways), so there is actually no need for most of the automobiles that continue to befoul the city. Second photo: In Milan the...

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Milan Shopping

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  • Clothes - not high fashion

    If you want to go shopping in the Duomo area and not spend a fortune, it looks as if Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the best choice. Contrary to the Galleria of the same name, there are not many high fashion shops there, but more shops like Zara, footlocker, GAP and so on. I must admit that apart from this, I found the street not really...

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  • Fashion and leather

    Milan is famous for fashion. We really only had time to do the edges of the shopping district before heading to the airport this trip. The Fashion District includes Via Montenapoleone, Via Della Spiga and Via Manzoni.

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  • Open Air Market

    All round the cathedral; next to Milan Central Station and doubtless at many other places in Milan there are lots of open air market stalls selling food, drink and craft items. I love the breads, cheeses and olives sections most personally.

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Milan Local Customs

  • Dining and Drinking

    The custom of aperitivi is helpful when you're on a budget. Many of the bars in Milan, for the price of a drink, will give you food to go along with it. You can easily make it into a light dinner. For more details, see my Bar Magenta tip.

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  • Torino's Bull at the Gallery (to be...

    This bull is depicted in the coat of arms of Torino. You see that there is a hole on its genitals and may wonder why. Well, a tradition says that if you put your right heel on this hole and turn on yourself three times, this will bring you good luck. In the second photo you see my father do it (unwillingly). Hundreds of tourists rotate around the...

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  • The Duomo

    The Milanesi (if you haven't already discovered it yourself) are really a very nice bunch of people with exquisite taste in dressing and business sense. They are also very cultured, with a great sense of humor and many do speak excellent English - especially those that work in a multi-national corporation (MNC) or financial institution. However,...

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Milan Warnings and Dangers

  • Central Station

    Everything I wrote in the 2011 tip below still applies. There is NO need to be scared but there is still every need to stay alert and aware. The 'helpful' chaps still lurk by the ticket machines, offering to guide you through the process. As the machines are very easy to use, and have English language versions anyway (and other languages too) it's...

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  • Pick Pockets

    I was a Victim at Milan Centrale Metro Station. I was just coming to the end of the escalator down to the platform for the train to the Duomo but 2 men ran down behind me, one dropped his phone and batteries scattered at my feet. I was concerned not to stand on the battery but also not to catch myself in the disappearing escalator exit. I was...

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  • Traffic

    Driving car in Milan might be adventure (a nightmare) for you because of a very huge traffic. However, if you want to test your nerves and courage you are welcom in the club. The best entrance in the centre of the city, I can suggest, is: Cinisello Balsamo, on rotonda turn on the left in Vialle ZARA untill the end of it, on another rotonda go left...

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Milan Tourist Traps

  • The Duomo

    Be very careful with guys who come up to you and thrust corn into your hands to feed the pigeons in from on the Dumo. Even though this makes a fantastic picture with the dones eating from your palm... they guys who give you the corn try to rip you off. They are you where you are from and ask to be compensated like wise... as we were from New York...

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  • Shopping

    This is a special WARNING for all male visitors of Milan! There are two streets in Milan which you have to AVOID: first one MONTENAPOLEONE, and the second one Via della SPIGA! This two streets are probably the most expensive streets on earth. There are no prices at all in the shop-windows. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THUS IT MEAN!!! Remember it well!

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  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

    The souvenir shops in this arcade are too expensive compared to others in the city. Restaurants are also expensive, but for the crowd and the location they deserve that. If you came to Milan for shopping, definitely this is the place for sightseeing rather than shopping. Try to look around and compare the prices. You will find better deals around...

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Milan What to Pack

  • World fashion center

    Those who are traveling to Milano shouldn't bring too many bags of cloths with, because it is the leading fashion center of the world. There are so many shops and stores in Milano offering different kinf of cloths and shoes in regarding prices and quality.Those who cannot spend much should visit the stores in Corso Buenos Aires, those who doesnot...

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  • Cold Weather Gear

    If you travel to Milan in the fall, pack a sweater, warm jacket, scarf, and umbrella.When we were there in late October, it rained for two days, and for the rest of the time, the temperature hovered around 50F (10C). I swear that my pashmina shawl, used as a scarf, was the only thing that kept me from hypothermia.

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  • Mosquito-poison

    My sister visited Milan in June and we did at July.Me and my sister both had very allergig reactions of Milanese mosquitos.Belive me:there are lots of mosquitos at home,but they make us only ichy,but these ones got us both serious problems,my legs were all red and with yellow(!!)spots,witch broke and had matter inside.I had to use medicin,and so...

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Milan Off The Beaten Path

  • The Lake District: Como, Maggiore, Iseo,...

    The city of Como on the shores of Lake Como is an easy day trip from Milan - a 45 minute train journey from Milano Cadorna station, with trains running regularly throughout the day and late into the night. It's a lovely city - the historic centre and cathedral, the many shoreline villas, ferries to many other Lake Como towns and villages. (See...

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  • Churches

    The church of San Marco was first time mentioned in 1254 when the Augustinians built a Gothic style building on the site of an pre-existing construction. The church was dedicated to San Marco, the saint patron of Venice, after the help given by the Venetian Republic in the war against Frederick Barbarossa in the 12th century. The church was...

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  • Shopping or Fashion District

    ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!! BURGLARS and THIEVES in a car park!!!!!!!!! LADRI nel parcheggio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yesterday we parked our car in a car park and went shopping. Car was put locked and everything taken off sight. On return we found driver's glass smashed and 3 (!!!) suitcases packed with my and my parents' staff STOLEN. Police wasn't even...

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Milan Sports & Outdoors

  • Visit to the San Siro for a derby

    Serie A, the Italian top football league, is one of major leagues in Europe. Of course, there are few clubs referred as top in this league and two of them is based in Milan, namely AC Milan and Internazionale. Milan is well known for these big brand names in world football. Briefly, the derby is the match between rival teams. It would be amazing...

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  • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)

    Home to both AC Milan and Internationale. A truely impressive stadium. I've been in both away ends now, and it both times the stewards inside don't bother with helping you out to your correct entrance and therefore spreading everyone out. You have to take your chances and get in where you can.Try and take the tram 16 or the metro to Lotto and then...

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  • San Siro Stadium

    San Siro or Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is home stadium for AC Milan and FC Internazionale.Capacity 83000 seats.It is not easy to access if you go by foot, nearest subway station is about 1km away.It is situated on the west side of the city.

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  • San Siro Stadium

    Even my reply is late for you, i think you might like to know what i'm going to say. Tickets for Inter games can be bought on line one week before the game, on the Internet: www.intern.it. You receive a kind of voucher which you have to print and when you go to the stadium, there are special places for Internet tickets, where your voucher will be...

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  • The Duomo

    In occasion of this visit to Milano, last week in July, I couldn't enjoy in magnificient front side of the Cathedral because it was under the major reconstuctions works. As far as I was told, this works will last a couple of years because the facade of the Cathedral is in a very bad conditions. Well, I cannot say I was disappointed, because I've...

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  • Central station

    Located inside the Milan Central Station is a "Left Luggage" for the convenience of travelers who want to spend a few hours (or days, I guess) exploring some of Milan before taking trains to other locations. I was taking a late train to Como and I decided to leave my luggage here and take the metro into central Milan for some exploring. The Left...

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